Symbicort Turbuhaler is an inhaled corticosteroid that assists in the treatment of airway diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A Symbicort inhaler is prescribed for the purposes of asthma control or the management of another inflammatory airway disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
Symbicort Turbuhaler contains an inhalable, dry powder that consists of a mixture of lactose and two active ingredients: Budesonide (a corticosteroid) and Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate (a long-acting bronchodilator). Together, these medicines represent a combination therapy for both the acute relief and long-term maintenance of airway diseases. Budesonide works to reduce and prevent inflammation in the airways, while Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate relaxes muscles in the airways, which helps widen them and makes it easier for air to make its way into the lungs. When people use the Symbicort inhaler, these two mechanisms help them breathe more easily. Effects typically kick in within one to three minutes and can last for upwards of 12 hours.
What is Symbicort used for? As noted above, Symbicort Turbuhaler is prescribed to people who suffer from airway diseases such as asthma or COPD. COPD is a broad term that includes several lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Emphysema occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged, which can make it harder to move air in and out of the lungs. Chronic bronchitis is marked by inflammation of the breathing tubes (aka airways) inside the lungs. Asthma is also characterized by inflammation in the airways; this inflammation may be triggered by a range of factors including air pollution, dust mites, smoke, and stress.
No matter the source of airway inflammation, the end result is that swelling in the airways can make it harder to breathe. Symbicort Turbuhaler facilitates the passage of air into the lungs by reducing inflammation in the airways and relaxing muscles in the airways.
People with asthma can be prescribed a Symbicort Turbuhaler in one of two ways: They may use Symbicort Turbuhaler as their sole asthma inhaler (which represents a more convenient treatment option), or they may be prescribed both a Symbicort Turbuhaler and a more acute reliever inhaler for major asthma triggers or flare-ups.
While Symbicort may reduce the symptoms of airway diseases, it cannot cure or prevent these health conditions.
As with any prescription medication, there are potential side effects of Symbicort. Some of the more common side effects include:
Less common side effects include:
Rare side effects include:
If you experience these or any other side effects, be sure to promptly consult your doctor.